Were there Palestinians? Was there a place called Palestine?

The Jewish Encyclopedia, long before the Balfour Declaration, speaks of Palestine and the people of Palestine.  The entire 1906 edition of The Jewish Encyclopedia is available online at: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/.  You can see the results of a search for the word Palestine in the online version at: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=palestine&commit=search.

The Encyclopedia describes a Palestinian Haggadah, composed in Palestine, from Palestinian sources.

 

The Encyclopedia also speaks of the late 1800’s Jewish interest to colonize Palestine.

 

A page of Jewish seals shows the seal of a Palestinian Jew.  The seal has both Hebrew and Arabic script.  Before Balfour/1917, PalestinianJews, Palestinian Christians, and Palestinian Muslims coexisted peacefully.   

 

Among the many references to Palestine and Palestinians is this photograph of a Palestinian shepherd and sheep. 

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